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Sigmund Johannessen

A Norwegian who immigrated to Canada, Sigmund worked as a repair technician in Norway from 1984 -- 1994.  Sigmund is a self taught Luthier whose  dedication and passion for building led him to join Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair in 1994 as an owner and instructor

Besides teaching he is also the owner and builder of custom guitars from Summit Guitars, specializing in hand – carved Arch tops.

Check out his website at
Rainforest Music:

Mike Jarvis

A veteran in the field of guitar repairs.  Mike trained as a Repairman in the mid 1970’s and from there went on to work for Fender Musical Instruments. He opened his own repair shop in the early 1980s.  Mike has taught in Sweden and at the Atlanta Institute of Music as well as opening repair departments for Music and Recording Superstores (MARS).

Mike is also an owner and instructor at the School and Summit Recording Solutions.


Ron 'Obvious' Vermeulen - Studio Engineer / Instructor

Ron has been involved in the recording industry since 1976. Having an electronic technical background, he started at Little Mountain Sound Studios. Ron was involved in engineering some of the early 'Alternative' music in Vancouver, and used the name 'Ron Obvious' for all his recording engineer projects. He developed a deep interest in studio design, and went on to design a number of world famous studios for various clients and schools. Ron has also mentored many assistant engineers at various studios to world class reputations. Teaching interested individuals in audio production is a passion that he has followed throughout his career.

additional information can be found on his Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Obvious[link:1] [/link:1]

Len Hill

Len has provided sound services for (among others): Jesse, Winchester, Murray Mclauchlan, Valdy, Connie Kaldor, Colin James, Jeff Healey, Nazareth, Quiet Riot, Powder Blues, Jim Byrnes, John Hammond, Sonny Rhodes, William Clarke
Band, Downchild Blues Band, Atra Taza Diallo...

  • Owned and operated three recording studios, two pro music stores with audio rental, sales, installations and service

  • Rebuilding and doing custom modifications on speakers since 1986

  • Professional guitar player for over 40 years, worked with the Golden Group from Vancouver doing Real Time Digital Show Control

  • Worked with the Bose Corp in large venue installations

  • 10 years with multi media, live sound and home theatre.   

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